One hundred years ago on 19 July 1917
31st Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of the 9th Canadian Field Artillery Brigade in the 3rd Canadian Division. The 9th Brigade war diary records:
O.O.No. 97 was issued today. One Battalion (116th) of the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade is to carry out a raid on the enemy’s trenches South of AVION, penetrating as far as the Railway Embankment. This will take place about the 22nd. The day was normal.
3rd Canadian Divisional Artillery war diary records:
CHATEAU DE LA HAIE – Visibility was fair and our heavies carried out destructive shoots in front of AVION. Enemy artillery were not active but considerable movement was observed in his back area, and targets were engaged. Very little aerial activity was observed.
D.A.C. sent 100 men to prepare positions to be ocoupied by 3rd. C.D.A. on withdrawing from VIMY front. O.O.119
Ammunition Expended. A:511. AX 622. BX 526. BCBR.185. Guns in position. 83. 18.pdrs. 36. 4.5”Hows.
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a sub-unit of 1st Canadian Artillery Group. Their war diary records:
During the evening fired 25 rounds neutralization on Hostile Battery TI30 at T6a50.65.
1st Canadian Heavy Artillery Group war diary records:
Cabaret Rouge – This period was fairly quiet. Trench and Counter Battery programmes were carried out daily as per attached reports. Our observation balloons were hit by enemy shrapnel on several occasions and occupants forced to descend by parachutes.
General Officer Commanding, Royal Artillery, Canadian Corps war diary records:
In the Field - WEATHER:- Cloudy with some showers – brighter & fairer later.
The 15th Field Artillery Regiment RCA perpetuates the following sub units:
31st Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force,
5th Canadian Siege Battery, Canadian Artillery, Canadian Expeditionary Force,
68th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, North Russia Expeditionary Force, was not authorized to be formed until 3 August 1918, and
85th Battery, Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force was not authorized to be formed until 12 July 1918.